Diabetic Eye Screening (NHS North West London)

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Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of blindness in the UK. Diabetes can affect the blood vessels, causing them to leak into the back of the eye called the retina; this is known as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic eye screening is a key part of diabetes care. Early identification and treatment of diabetic eye disease can reduce the effects and minimise sight loss. Screening can detect the condition early before you notice any changes to your vision. Diabetic eye disease can harm your vision, though you may not experience any symptoms until it is at an advanced stage. All people with diabetes are at some risk of getting diabetic retinopathy.

 

NHS North West London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

The NHS North West London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme serves people registered at a GP Practice in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster. You are eligible for a diabetic eye screening if you live with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and are aged 12 or over.

We will refer you to the screening programme when you are first diagnosed with diabetes. The NHS North West London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme will then invite you to an annual screening appointment.

All the national NHS leaflets related to diabetic eye screening are available on the GOV.UK website (the majority are available in multiple languages, and the ‘Description of Diabetic Eye Screening’ leaflet has an easy read version).

Please get in touch with the programme if you have any questions:

Appointment booking telephone: 020 8099 1122

Enquiries email: enquiries.nwldesp@nhs.net

Website: www.nwldesp.co.uk

 

Birmingham, Solihull, and Black Country Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

The NHS Birmingham Solihull & Black Country Diabetic Eye Screening Programme provides screening for all people with diabetes aged 12 years or over in the local area.

We will refer you to the screening programme when you are first diagnosed with diabetes. Each year you will receive a letter containing a list of local screening sites approved by us to contact to book your diabetic eye screening appointment.

At the appointment, the screener takes photographs of the back of your eyes. These are sent to our dedicated centre for review and the results will then be sent to you and your GP. The images are saved to your record for comparison each year to check for any changes to your eyes.

Depending on the outcome, you will be recalled in a year’s time for another routine eye screening, or perhaps more regularly throughout the year for closer monitoring or observation. 

If we find you need treatment, details will be forwarded to your local Hospital Eye Specialists, who will take over your care until treatment is completed. You will then be discharged back to this screening service for ongoing care.

If you visit an optician who is not on the approved list for your screening, your photographs will not get sent for review by our quality assured team.

All the national NHS leaflets related to diabetic eye screening are available on the GOV.UK website (the majority are available in multiple languages, and the ‘Description of Diabetic Eye Screening’ leaflet has an easy read version). 

Please get in touch with the programme if you have any questions on 0333 456 7887

Enquiries email: uhb-tr.retinal-administration@nhs.net

Website: www.retinalscreening.co.uk

 

KNOW Diabetes Service

If you are living with diabetes, at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, or caring for others to live their lives to the full, Know Diabetes is here to help everyone affected by diabetes in North West London: www.knowdiabetes.org.uk/

They aim to provide access to the right information for the right person at the right time.

 

Can I change my screening service?

You will be invited to an eye screening appointment with a service linked to GP at Hand practice. All London patients will be invited by NWLDESP by letter. Birmingham patients will be invited by Birmingham, Solihull & Black Country DESP by letter.

You can use the details in the letter to change your appointment time and venue. However, if you are not able to attend the screening with this service due to travel restraints, location, or health issues, you should email the failsafe team at gpahscreening.failsafe@nhs.net stating you would like an eye screening referral to a service closer to your home address. The email must include the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Date of birth
  • NHS number
  • Current postcode, so the referral can be made to an eye screening service in your locality.

Certain services will ask for signed consent from the patient, which the failsafe team will make clear to the patient if this is required at the time.

If you choose to change services again, (or return to the original linked service) the above process will apply, including the reason why you would like to change service again.

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